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Law Enforcement BS Track 2

College of Community Studies and Public Affairs
Undergraduate major / Bachelor of Science

The degree in law enforcement helps individuals develop the knowledge, perspective and skills necessary for successful law enforcement careers. The law enforcement major provides both academic and hands-on skills course work. Students graduate with a competitive advantage for job placement in the field by having their bachelor’s degree in law enforcement.

Highlights of the law enforcement program at Metropolitan State University:

  • A history of successful agency placements, including over 40 police chiefs who are graduates of our program
  • Faculty who are experienced law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners and researchers
  • Opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom through service learning classes and internships
  • Hands-on advisors who help students navigate course and career planning
  • Classes offered in multiple formats: online, on campus and hybrid
  • Leadership and networking opportunities for students with the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Club

There are three possible tracks for law enforcement students:

Track 1: A POST certified program designed for students who wish to become eligible to be licensed as police officers in the state of Minnesota, preparing them to take the POST exam at the end of their studies.

Track 2: Transfer pathway for “licensed eligible” students, part of the Transfer Pathways program, designed for students who have already earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement, and wish to complete their Bachelor’s degree. 

Track 3: Designed for Minnesota licensed police officers who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree through online or on-campus course offerings.

Options to Peace Officer Licensure:

Student outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • apply key ethical and legal principles associated with policing in the 21st Century
  • articulate and apply leadership principles associated with policing in the 21st Century
  • apply criminological theories to practical situations law enforcement officers encounter
  • analyze, evaluate and apply concepts of diversity to personal, professional and community interactions

Related minors

Current students: Declare this program

Once you’re admitted as an undergraduate student and have met any further admission requirements your chosen program may have, you may declare a major or declare an optional minor.

Future students: Apply now

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More ways to earn your degree: Metropolitan State offers the flexibility you need to finish your degree. Through programs at our partner institutions, you can find a path to getting your Law Enforcement BS Track 2 that works best for you.

About your enrollment options

Program eligibility requirements

Students are eligible for the LAWE Track 2 major if they have completed an associate's degree (AS) in law enforcement.

Transfer Pathways specifically ensures that a student who successfully completes a Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (AS) can transfer the entire completed degree into a baccalaureate degree program in Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State. 

To be eligible for acceptance to the law enforcement major, students must submit a School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • 30 credits
  • GELS/MNTC writing requirements
  • Cumulative Metropolitan State GPA of 2.25
  • SLC Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW)

All law enforcement pre-majors should work closely with an advisor from the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC).

  • All Metropolitan State students must complete at least 30 credits in residency at Metropolitan State.
  • All law enforcement students must complete 24 major credits at Metropolitan State, which can be applied toward the 30 credit university residency requirement.
  • Students must complete at least 40 upper division credits and 120 credits total in order to graduate.
  • All major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Major Electives

Major electives are selected in consultation with the student's academic advisor. In general, electives may include law enforcement or criminal justice courses, courses in other disciplines focusing on professional development, course requirements for a minor or certificate, and/or evaluation of prior learning.

Student licensure

Licensure Exam Pass Rates

Source:  Minnesota State Board of Trustees Accountability Dashboard

  • 2015 - 54 taking exam, pass rate of 93%
  • 2014 - 73 taking exam, pass rate of 93%
  • 2013 - 65 taking exam, pass rate of 88%

Course requirements

Requirements (120 credits)


CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice

3 credits

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research, critical thinking and professional development related to the discipline of criminal justice and law enforcement. Students learn to search, locate, retrieve, evaluate, and document research sources as well as prepare research papers using writing and citations styles expected in criminal justice and law enforcement courses. The course will also broaden students' understanding of the direct and indirect criminal justice professional opportunities and equip students with the tools to pursue careers in the field.

Full course description for Foundations in Criminal Justice

CJS 320 Criminology and Public Policy

4 credits

This course focuses on theories, concepts, narratives, and myths of crime and delinquent behavior. Contemporary issues and controversies within the criminal justice field are explored in social, political, and economic contexts. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of race, class, gender, and culture in relation to the etiology, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. This course is committed to general theoretical debate, examination of the interrelation between criminological theory and research, and empirical analyses of policy and practice.

Full course description for Criminology and Public Policy

CJS 360 Diversity in Criminal Justice

4 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of the opportunities and challenges of delivering criminal and juvenile justice services in a multicultural society. The course provides students with a knowledge of the diversity that exists in communities, as well as criminal and juvenile justice agencies. It provides both theoretical and practical information to respond effectively to diversity issues. Examples of community issues include conflict resolution, crime prevention, victimization, and strategies to improve community relationships. Significant focus is given to issues of race, racism, and systemic racism.

Full course description for Diversity in Criminal Justice

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CJS 350 Citizenship: Community Involvement

4 credits

The purpose of this course is to educate and encourage the development of globally competent and active citizens and leaders who will be able to contribute to improving social issues. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be engaged, responsible, and effective members of a globally interdependent society. Students will reflect on their role as an active citizen in a democracy while exploring how social, racial, political, geographical, and other factors influence current and future challenges a community needs to address. This course will have a community engaged learning component.

Full course description for Citizenship: Community Involvement

CJS 354 Restorative Justice

4 credits

This course is designed to allow students to develop a working understanding and knowledge of Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice looks at the concept of justice through nontraditional and alternative viewpoints. Rather than focus on "what is the crime, who did the crime and what should the punishment be," Restorative Justice focuses on "who has been harmed, what was the harm and who is responsible to repair the harm." Students will examine Restorative Justice from historical, sociological, criminological and psychological perspectives. Throughout the course, a wide range of specific "restorative practices" will be studied, reviewed and analyzed. Some of the concepts the course will explore are trauma and healing, conflict transformation, issues related to juvenile justice, and alternative processes such as Victim-Offender Dialogue and the Circle Process. This course will have a community engaged learning component.

Full course description for Restorative Justice

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CJS 489 Criminal Justice Capstone Internship

4 credits

With an emphasis on experiential learning, the capstone course allows students to combine an internship experience in a criminal justice setting with academic work to support career pathways, synthesize undergraduate experiences, and develop deeper understanding of criminal justice issues. During the semester, students must complete at least 160 hours of service at an internship field site. Note: With support from their academic advisors, students are responsible for securing their own internship opportunities and must do so one month prior to registering for CJS-489.

Full course description for Criminal Justice Capstone Internship

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LAWE 431 Police Culture

4 credits

This course will explore the complex interactions between police culture and issues relating to integrity and ethics for the police. It will examine the underlying values of the police culture and how those affect police behavior. Loyalty, racism, and use of force issues will be examined.

Full course description for Police Culture


Elective credits will vary by student. Select from these courses or other LAWE electives.

LAWE 104 Emergency Medical Responder Law Enforcement

3 credits

This course meets the Minnesota POST Board first-aid requirement for law enforcement officers. The course emphasizes development of skills in patient assessment and emergency medical procedures for personnel likely to respond to traffic accidents and other medical emergencies. Successful completion results in Minnesota EMS Regulatory Board Emergency Medical Responder Registration.

Full course description for Emergency Medical Responder Law Enforcement

LAWE 312 Emergency Management for Law Enforcement

4 credits

This course examines the fundamental principles and practices of emergency management including how it functions within the homeland security enterprise. Mass shootings, acts of terror, infrastructure collapse, and natural disasters all are examples of emergencies examined in this course. This course also explores the human and economic costs of emergencies and the intended and unintended consequences of intervention.

Full course description for Emergency Management for Law Enforcement

LAWE 330 Policing and Society

4 credits

This course provides an introduction to American policing and an overview of the critical issues which confront law enforcement officers and their agencies. Some of the issues which are examined include: the role of the police, management and policy development in law enforcement agencies; police selection, training and socialization; minorities and women in policing; psychological hazards and stress in policing; and police misconduct.

Full course description for Policing and Society

LAWE 367 Exploring Forensic Science

4 credits

This course will provide the student with a general overview and a better understanding of the wide range of disciplines found within the forensic sciences. Fundamental topics such as forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic pathology, and forensic accounting will be discussed. In addition 'traditionally' recognized topics in forensic science such as DNA, Trace Evidence, Impression Evidence, Drugs, and Questioned Documents will be covered. The course instructor will utilize multi-media in a lecture format, utilizing case-studies, video supplements and expert guest speakers.

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LAWE 388 Crime Analysis

4 credits

This course is intended to develop the student's skills and knowledge in the field of crime analysis. Students will become familiar with the variety of tasks and issues encountered within the public and private sectors by a crime analyst. Students will also participate in group activities to build knowledge and skills associated with the different functions of a crime analyst.

Full course description for Crime Analysis